Early Literacy

It is never too early, or too late, to help your child become a successful reader.   Children who have been exposed to repeated, positive experiences with reading become much better readers and are more likely to succeed in school.  Developing early literacy skills can be fun and easy - simply take the time to talk, sing, read, write and play with your child every day.

Talk Children learn language by listening to people talk.  As they hear spoken language, they learn new words and what they mean.
Sing Singing and rhyming helps children hear the sounds that make up words.  
Read Reading books together is the most effective way to help children get ready to read on their own.
Write Children learn early writing skills by drawing and scribbling.
Play Children experience the world through play while developing social and language skills and fine and gross motor skills.

WE CAN HELP YOU GET YOUR CHILD READY TO READ

Get the Ready to Read Library Card and start your reading journey.  This card is designed for children 5 and under to encourage reading without the worry of overdue fees.  Learn about the Ready to Read card, opens a new window  

MPL's Storytime introduce your child to the wonderful world of books and reading.  We’ll introduce you to great children’s books and to activities you can use at home to develop your child’s language and pre-reading skills.   Find the storytime schedule, opens a new window.  

Join 1000 Books Before Kindergarten to help prepare your child for reading.  You can read books of your choice with a goal of reading 1000 books before your child begins kindergarten.  If you read just one book a day you will complete the challenge in less than three years!   Register for the program, opens a new window

Try our Staff Picks if you need help picking great books for your child.  Our staff are also happy to help you find some new favourites for you to read together.   Find suggestions, opens a new window 

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